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Archives for June 2008

>I have watched Tim Gunn, and I, sir, am no Tim Gunn.

>. . . so what do I tell the lovely Rachel Smith, who will be making her Newbery-Caldecott banquet debut this Sunday and wants to know What to Wear?

>Leonard and Leonardo

>Back in New York, touring the Met and talking with Leonard Marcus about his new history of children’s book publishing. Hear the latest Horn Book podcast.

>Who needs critics?

>Film critic Mark Lawson’s Guardian piece about media producers shutting professional reviewers out is interesting to consider in light of the increased commercialization of children’s fiction, particularly this: Professional solidarity aside, it’s easy to understand why publicists are looking at ways of bypassing conventional critics. For example, the considerable majority of those who regularly review […]

Tasha Tudor

I met her once — she was holding court at a Little, Brown party at an ALA, dressed to the nines in an old-fashioned gown and lace in her hair, seated regally in a wing chair while we gathered at her feet. We commemorate her passing with an article she wrote for the Horn Book […]

>Inanimate Alice

>is back with a fourth chapter, and there’s a bit of a rabbit hole . . . . Any theories as to what exactly is going on here would be welcome.

>Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards 2008

>Here they are, the winners of the 2008 Boston Globe Horn Book Awards. Nonfiction: The Wall, by Peter Sis, published by Foster/Farrar. Honor Books: Frogs by Nic Bishop (Scholastic) and What to Do about Alice? by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic) Fiction: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, […]

>Catching Up

>Cruising through Bloglines to see what I’ve been missing over the past ten days, I was stopped by Colleen’s post about blog tours wherein the author ponies up cash to a third party who then alerts its squad of bloggers to review the author’s new book. Holy crap. I share the outrage but feel that […]

>The wedding . . .

> the cake . . . our visit to my friend Jo . . . and her dog Whipper . . . and running across the Golden Gate Bridge . . . and dinner with old college friends Gary and Georgie (and Gary’s fiance Matt). I WON’T be sharing the pictures Richard took of me […]

Summer Reading 2008

Recommended by Roger Sutton and Martha Parravano in the Horn Book podcast. Fiction Basketball Bats and Goof-Off Goalie written by Betty Hicks, illustrated by Adam McCauley (Roaring Brook) Grade level: 1–3 Airman by Eoin Colfer (Hyperion) Grade level: 4–8 The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd (Fickling) Grade level: 4–8 Go Big or Go Home […]

>Hear Roger (and Richard Peck)

>In our latest podcast Roger brings us along for an evening in New York with Elizabeth Law (Vice President and Publisher, Egmont USA), Douglas Pocock (Executive Vice President, Egmont USA), and Newbery Medalist Richard Peck. After a lively discussion about what draws adults to read young adult books, Roger talks to Richard Peck about his […]